MSPU the agenda (Wilson/Barrier)
The minutes of July 25, 1995, were distributed and tabled to the next meeting.
Larry reviewed the list of action and information items from the previous meeting distributed with the agenda.
Under action items, "Selection of Conference Committee Members" was added (Carol Cinquini, Dennis Harris, and Tracy Terrill) as was AFD/Anthropological Center Space Planning."
Information Items added included "President's Automobile" (a new Dodge Intrepid furnished at no extra cost by the State motor pool), "Status of the University Reserve and General Fund Budget," and "AFD Center Sign Prototype."
Larry distributed and reviewed the one-page summary of the Status; of the University Reserve, Revised as of July 12, 1995. He noted that, while we have been implementing utility conservation programs, we still experienced a shortfall in the Utilities budget, due in large part to the addition of the new greenhouse. There were questions raised as to the reason for the Health Center subsidy from the Reserve. Larry responded that ultimately the President's Budget Advisory Committee would have to address that issue.
Larry informed the committee that he, Don Farish, and President Arminana had agreed to convene the President's Budget Advisory Committee with an expanded and slightly changed format. The PBAC will be co-chaired by Don Farish and Larry, and four conference committee members from the Campus Reengineering Committee and the Academic Reengineering Committee will be added. Because of dual roles by some individuals, the overall PBAC size will not change that much.
Regarding the 1995/96 budget, the news as of July 30 was that the 10% fee increase had been taken off the table, but had been substituted with an increase in the appropriation, resulting in a 25% reduction in anticipated new funds. For Sonoma, we had been hoping for $1 million in new money; now it looks more like $750,000.
This item was discussed as a second reading. There was general consensus that the name of the program should be changed to Student Paraprofessional Program or Administrative Intern Program. There was considerable discussion over the appropriate grade-point to require, and the committee by consensus agreed to a minimum of 2.5 cumulative average plus maintenance of at least 2.5 each semester.
(Barnier/Crabbe) to approve the new student employment program.
Ideas for improving the food carts on campus were brainstormed. Some suggestions were to have a more extensive cart or kiosk between Stevenson and Darwin near "bacon and eggs," ice cream and lemonade in the warm months, hot cider in the Fall, carts staffed to support performances in the theater, and carts operating in the evening. The pre-made sandwiches were not favorably reviewed.
Ideas for improving mail services were brainstormed. Suggestions included more regular delivery time, centralized afternoon pick-ups, a centrally located Federal Express Box or pick-up service, better chargeback system, better communication surrounding "bulk mail" requirements and expectations, and rental of excess P.O. boxes in the Residence Halls.
Larry stated that staffing in the Mail Room was low since the addition of Housing and that two positions were currently being recruited. The staffing plan is four full-time equivalent staff, plus student assistants.
Edna Nakamoto reported that the Learning Disability Testing function had been transferred to Student Academic Services. This was coordinated with Drew Calandrella and Anthony Tusler and was acted on quickly to avoid moving the function after the academic year had started. This move separates the "need assessment" from the service providers. Edna, Anthony, and Drew agreed to view this year as a trial year to be evaluated at year end to be sure students needs are being met.
Larry reviewed the list of Administration and Finance Division budget priorities and strategic objectives that was distributed with the agenda. He stated that two strategic objectives have costs attached but are not listed on the budget priorities; i.e., Systems Analyst and Network Support for Housing. AFD is expressing concern to the campus that this is needed, but since computing support is domiciled in CMTS, these issues need to be addressed as an institution. Classroom renovations were eliminated because the window of opportunity was missed pending consultation with ARC. The Reprographics Enhancements were dropped because by the time the analysis of Reprographics is done, it will be too late for this year's funding. The Reentry and Counseling items were dropped pending a report from Joaquin and Tak and further deliberation by CRC. The Thermal Energy Project requires consultation with Campus Planning which will cause us the lose the window of opportunity. With concurrence from CRC this list will go forward to the President, PBAC, and ARC.
(Barrier/Van Giesen) to forward the AFD Budget Priorities and Strategic Objectives for 1995/96 with the statement that they are not listed in priority order.
Larry distributed the Fall Meeting schedule stating that the meetings are on Friday afternoons, every three weeks or so, with a holiday dinner on Thursday, December 14.
CRC Minutes 1995-1996